International Graduate Students

As an international student at Northeastern University, you are a part of a thriving global network. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business welcomes learners from all over the world to its vibrant, diverse community. Our unique graduate programs prepare students for a global business world that is being transformed by rapid change and digital innovation.

By The Numbers

Top 50

ranked research university in U.S. News and World Report

180+

different countries in our student body and alumni network

41%

of our graduate students are international

Why Choose D’Amore-McKim

  • Live and study in Boston. Build your expertise in Boston, a center of business innovation in the U.S., and a historic city known for its art and culture, world-renowned colleges and universities, and welcoming, diverse community.
  • Experience-powered learning. Northeastern is a global leader for industry-aligned learning. Your U.S. experience will give you the time to discover a new culture, the spark to think deeply about business concepts, and the tools to drive your career to new heights.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT). Upon completion of your program, you may become eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) so you can work for up to 12 months in the U.S.
  • STEM designation. We offer two programs that allow international students on an F-1 visa, who study on our campus, to work in the U.S. for up to 36 months after completing their program.
  • Stackable credits. Successful graduates can apply their certificate credits toward eligible master’s degrees at Northeastern.
  • Flexible scheduling. Select programs allow you to start your classes in the fall, spring, or summer. Between semesters, you’ll have time to travel or spend with family.
  • English-language fluency. Polish your skills as you immerse yourself in American business culture.

Meet Some of Our International Students

“The thing I enjoy the most about this program is the variety of tech skills that I’ve learned so far. And I’ve become close to the people in my cohort.”

“A degree from a reputable school in the States is recognized worldwide and exposes students to more opportunities, so it will be beneficial no matter where I work later in life.”

Wanting to strengthen her global business acumen, Tatiana Lialina looked to Northeastern to learn how to expand her family’s business beyond its Russian roots. D’Amore-McKim stood out, she says, because of its reputation and flexible programs.

“After the MBA at Northeastern, you will be ready to understand business challenges in a global way and tackle them from a holistic perspective,” says Aranzazu,”the MBA will give me the tools I need in order to achieve my long-term goals.”

“No other university offered a comparable option that would enable a career-switcher like myself to gain 6 months to a year of applicable work experience while at the same time working towards the completion of an MBA,” says Adarkwa.

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Application Process

English Skills

English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D’Amore-McKim classrooms. If you are not a native English speaker, we require a standardized test of English language proficiency unless you completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction, or you have worked full-time for two years in the United States or other native English-speaking environment.

Support for non-native English speaking students

International and non-native English speaking students are invited to participate in high-quality language, academic, and cultural support through Global Student Success. English language and culture workshops are offered each term with topics that include English language skills, U.S. American culture, and general tips for academic and social success.

Global Pathways Program

If your proficiency in the English language does not meet the minimum requirement, you may apply to the university’s Global Pathways program. This program will help you improve your English language skills and academic knowledge before enrolling in your program of choice.

Demonstrating Proficiency through Testing

We accept the following English language proficiency test scores: TOEFL iBT®IELTSDuolingo, and PTE Academic. Enter your scores and upload a scanned copy of your results as a document in your online application. Tests results are valid for two years.

  • TOEFL iBT – 3671 (program code); 02 (department code)
  • IELTS – There is no IELTS code. When you register there is a drop-down where you can select Northeastern University – D’Amore-McKim.
  • PTE Academic – W9H-K8-65
  • Duolingo – There is no Duolingo code. To have your results shared with us, please select “Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business” from the graduate school list.

Demonstrating Proficiency through an Interview

For graduate certificate applicants, if you have not completed an English language proficiency test, feel that your scores are not an accurate representation of your abilities, or simply prefer an interview, you may request an intake interview in lieu of providing a test score. Virtual interviews are typically 30 minutes long and are arranged at the time of application review.

Northeastern has a test-optional policy for the 2021-2022 academic year and does not require a GMAT or GRE score to complete an application for admission. Under the new policy, you can decide whether to submit a GMAT or GRE score as part of your admission application. For more information, review our admissions policies.

In addition to the standard application requirements, we also require a passport and English translations of academic transcripts

If you are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a scanned copy of your passport into the Supplemental Section of your online application.

When you first submit your application, you may upload your unofficial transcript.  If you are offered admission, you will need to submit a course-by-course international credential evaluation.  You many use WES (World Education Services) or any organization recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org/members.html). This will serve as your official final transcript. (Your university will provide WES with your official transcripts which will be included in the evaluation report.)

Any scanned academic transcripts that you submit through our application must include an English translation. Include all postsecondary educational institutions you have attended—as well as any technical or professional schools—and your diploma or degree earned. Do not include transcripts from your secondary school or high school.

Deadlines & Decisions

Find the deadlines and decision dates you need to know. Submit your application by the earliest date possible for priority consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Office of Global Services

The Office of Global Services (OGS) is also an invaluable source of expertise to help you stay compliant with your international student visa requirements throughout your study experience. Reach out to OGS with any questions or concerns. They offer the professional expertise and support you need to help you maintain compliance through immigration, academic, and your employment experiences.

Reach out to OGS with any questions or concerns* as soon as you’ve been admitted to the university and our expert staff will help you in any way they can.

*Please note that OGS does not assist with taxes

Global Student Success

Global Student Success provides international and non-native English speaking students with high-quality language, academic, and cultural support. Tutoring, workshops, and webinars are offered. 

Workshops

Reading, Language and Culture, and Writing workshops focus on different skills and strategies for academic and social success.

International Tutoring Center

The International Tutoring Center invites to you enjoy comprehensive English language and academic support through one-on-one or group sessions with professional tutors. 

Non-credit Language Classes at Northeastern

Listening and Speaking classes help students improve their pronunciation, listening comprehension, speaking, and presentation skills. This noncredit course is offered four times per year and is open to all non-native English-speaking students from all colleges and all Northeastern campuses.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows you, as a student studying on an F-1 visa, to accept off-campus employment as part of the curriculum of your degree program. D’Amore-McKim graduate programs that offer CPT are listed below. CPT can be full- or part-time employment that is directly related to your major area of study.

To participate in an off-campus experiential training in the U.S, F-1 students must obtain CPT authorization from Northeastern’s Office of Global Services (OGS.) 

Upon successful completion of a one-year graduate certificate or degree program as an international student on an F-1 visa, you may become eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States for up to 12 months.

You can apply for 12 months of OPT upon completion of each higher degree level. Only one Post-Completion OPT application is allowed per academic degree level (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD). In other words, if you’re an international student currently planning on a master’s degree, earning a graduate certificate first can help you add to your credentials and maximize your work time in the United States.

When you earn a certificate in one of our full-time programs that is F-1 visa compliant, you’ll be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) afterward. You may be able to complete your certificate, work in the United States for a year, complete your master’s degree in an eligible program, and apply for an additional year of OPT.

Post-completion OPT comes with some requirements necessary to maintain status. A full list of these requirements is available through the Office of Global Services in their guidelines on maintaining status. Most importantly, it is important that you maintain your full-time enrollment for each academic term.

STEM designated programs meet strict curriculum guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

If you complete either program as an international student, you’ll be able to apply for a STEM extension to your Optional Practical Training (OPT), allowing you to work in the United States after graduation for up to 36 months instead of just 12.

At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.

Scholarships and Fellowships

D’Amore-McKim offers and partners with organizations that provide a variety of scholarships and fellowships to foster diversity and inclusion. Examples of these include The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship, Prospansica MBA Scholarship, Posse MBA Scholarship and Reach Out MBA Fellowship.

Clubs and Organizations

Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:

Graduate Students of Color Collective

The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.

Grad Q

Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.

Campus Resources

We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.

F-1 Visa Compliant Graduate Business Programs

STEM Designated Programs

Our STEM designation allows international students on an F-1 visa, who study on our campus, to work in the U.S. for up to 36 months after completing their program. You would apply for up to 12 months of Optional Practical Training, followed by an additional 24 months of OPT STEM Extension.

Position yourself for leadership by learning to solve complex business problems with data in this STEM-designated program.

Prepare to thrive in a finance industry being transformed by technology and innovation. The full-time quantitative finance coursework is STEM designated; our part-time and online options focus on financial theory and practice.

OPT-Eligible Programs

The following programs are compliant with F-1 visa requirements and, upon successful completion, allow you to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and work for up to 12 months in the U.S.

Master’s and MBA Programs

D’Amore-McKim has a pioneering reputation in experiential learning, and when combined with rigorous academics, the student experience is like no other. Our graduate degree programs are designed to prepare you for the future of work in a fast-paced and changing global economy.

Build the tech-focused business expertise employers want—and power your learning with unique experiences, such as our high-impact corporate residency. Choose from 24 in-demand concentrations, including our signature non-business MBA x concentrations.

Build the core skills that prepare you to lead in business—along with advanced financial expertise that gives you unique insight into decision-making. Choose from 19 in-demand concentrations, including our signature non-business MBA x concentrations, and power your learning with unique experiences, such as our high-impact corporate residency.

Prepare to practice law and master core business skills with this accelerated four-year program—and set yourself up for a career where those high-powered worlds intersect.

Master advanced accounting principles, plus the analytics skills you’ll need in today’s evolving accounting environment—in just seven months. Undergraduate accounting major required.

Become a leader in the rapidly changing field of accounting by building comprehensive accounting knowledge, critical business skills, and proficiency in data analytics—and gain professional accounting experience through an intensive corporate residency. This degree is designed for non-accounting majors.

Position yourself for leadership by learning to solve complex business problems with data in this STEM-designated program.

Prepare to thrive in a finance industry being transformed by technology and innovation. The full-time quantitative finance coursework is STEM designated; our part-time and online options focus on financial theory and practice.

Accelerate your career as a global business leader by developing your cultural agility, leadership skills, and knowledge of the issues faced by businesses operating internationally.

Chart your own path to leadership with a personalized management degree that will position you for success in the business world of tomorrow. Gain the business skills that employers want as well as specialized expertise in an area of your choosing in this highly flexible program.

*The MS in Accounting program is designed for Accounting majors from US-based institutions

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs can be completed in just four or eight months and can help you apply essential business skills to your career today, while also earning credits that can be applied to a future Northeastern degree.

Advance your skills for a digital-first economy by building your business expertise, your leadership acumen, and your data and technology skills. Choose from five unique formats based on your needs, interests, and career goals.

Learn strategic financial skills for leading troubled companies through workouts, bankruptcies, liquidations, and restructuring—and helping them find success on the other side.

Learn best practices for managing supply chains in a global and tech-forward business environment—and become an informed decision-maker when it comes to sourcing materials, managing inventory, and delivering high-quality products and services.

CPT Eligible Programs

CPT is a form of authorization available for eligible F-1 students before their program end date for experiential learning opportunities that are an integral part of an academic program at Northeastern University.

Build the tech-focused business expertise employers want—and power your learning with unique experiences, such as our high-impact corporate residency. Choose from 24 in-demand concentrations, including our signature non-business MBA x concentrations.

Become a leader in the rapidly changing field of accounting by building comprehensive accounting knowledge, critical business skills, and proficiency in data analytics—and gain professional accounting experience through an intensive corporate residency. This degree is designed for non-accounting majors.

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